Michael Cimino
Born (1999-11-10) November 10, 1999 (age 22)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.[1]
OccupationActor
Years active2015–present

Michael Cimino (born November 10, 1999) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Bob Palmeri in Annabelle Comes Home and as Victor Salazar in the Hulu series Love, Victor, a spin-off of the 2018 film Love, Simon.[2]

Early life

Cimino was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. His father is of Italian-German ancestry and his mother is of Puerto Rican descent.[3][4] Cimino faced racism through elementary school, saying children would throw him on the floor and kick him, and claim he ate bugs, though he says those experiences made him more compassionate towards others.[5] He took up acting at eight years old after joining an acting group taught by a fellow church member.[6] Cimino graduated from high school early to get into acting more seriously and decided not to attend college.[7]

Career

Cimino's early acting credits include a GEICO commercial and a 2016 pilot for the Nickelodeon show Hopefuls.[8] He moved to Los Angeles when he was 18 years old.[9] Cimino appeared in the 2019 horror film Annabelle Comes Home, playing the role of Bob Palmeri. He enjoys singing and playing guitar and had his song "Everything I Own" included on the film's soundtrack.[10]

In August 2019, it was announced Cimino would star in the leading role as Victor in the Disney+ series Love, Victor.[11] The show was later moved to Hulu, where it premiered in June 2020.[12][13] Cimino consulted with his gay cousin to ensure the role of Victor would be a relatable and believable character.[14]

In 2020, Cimino joined the voice cast for Black Box, a scripted science fiction podcast series.[15]

On June 15, 2021 Cimino released his first single "Love Addict".[16] He first previewed this song on the June 3, 2021 episode of Good Morning America.[17]

Personal life

Cimino identifies as straight, although said of his sexuality, "I don't want to put myself in a box and put myself in a position where if I were to come out as bi or as gay 10 years from now, that I was defending an identity that was being true to myself."[18]

Filmography

Film

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Shangri-La Suite Young Teijo
2019 Annabelle Comes Home Bob Palmeri
2021 Centurion XII Miguel Post-production
TBA Senior Year[19] Post-production

Television

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Training Day Young Sadiq Episode: "Tunnel Vision"
2018 Dog Days Dej Short
2018 Walk the Prank Brlayden Episode: "Too Cool for High School"
2020–present Love, Victor[20] Victor Salazar Main role

References

  1. ^ Turchiano, Danielle. "'Love, Victor' Star Michael Cimino on the Importance of Connection During Social Distancing". variety.com. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  2. ^ "'Love, Victor' star Michael Cimino on why he feels 'really honored' to play Victor". Good Morning America. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  3. ^ "In 'Love, Victor' an LGBTQ Latino teen in a religious family carves his own path". NBC News.
  4. ^ Romack, Coco. "How Love, Victor Helped Michael Cimino Find His Political Voice". MTV News.
  5. ^ Dry, Jude (July 6, 2020). "Why 'Love, Victor' Star Michael Cimino Took a Gay Role Against Industry Advice". IndieWire. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  6. ^ Sarner, Lauren (June 24, 2020). "'Love, Victor' star Michael Cimino wants to bridge gap between parents and kids". New York Post. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "'Love, Victor' Star Michael Cimino's No. 1 Piece of Advice for Hollywood Newcomers". www.backstage.com. July 1, 2020. Retrieved July 10, 2020.
  8. ^ Sorren, Martha (June 18, 2020). "Who Plays Victor On 'Love, Victor'? Michael Cimino Has Some Real Musical Skills". Bustle. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  9. ^ Smith, Paul Art (July 1, 2020). "'Love, Victor' Star Michael Cimino's No. 1 Piece of Advice for Hollywood Newcomers". www.backstage.com. Archived from the original on August 7, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  10. ^ Freedman, Adrianna (June 18, 2020). "Michael Cimino Was a Horror Movie Star Before 'Love, Victor'". Men's Health. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  11. ^ Petski, Denise (August 15, 2019). "'Love, Simon': Michael Cimino Leads Cast Of Disney+ Series". Deadline. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  12. ^ Lowry, Brian. "'Love, Victor' adds new chapter to the coming-out tale in 'Love, Simon'". CNN. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  13. ^ Otterson, Joe (February 24, 2020). "'Love, Simon' Series Moves from Disney Plus to Hulu". Variety. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  14. ^ "Michael Cimino Says He Consulted His Gay Cousin About Love, Victor Role: 'It Was Very Special'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved June 27, 2020.
  15. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (October 29, 2020). "Joel McHale, Michael Cimino, Brec Bassinger, Chosen Jacobs & Jacob Bertrand Lead Sci-Fi Podcast Black Box". Deadline. Archived from the original on November 1, 2020. Retrieved November 14, 2020.
  16. ^ "'Love, Victor' Star Michael Cimino Releases Debut Single "Love Addict"". Nerds and Beyond. June 15, 2021. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  17. ^ America, Good Morning. "Michael Cimino on what to expect in season 2 of 'Love, Victor'". Good Morning America. Retrieved June 15, 2021.
  18. ^ "In 'Love, Victor' an LGBTQ Latino teen in a religious family carves his own path". NBC News. Retrieved June 28, 2020.
  19. ^ Jackson, Angelique (July 16, 2021). "Jade Bender, Michael Cimino, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Avantika Join Paramount Players' 'Senior Year'(EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved July 28, 2021.
  20. ^ Fuentes, Tamara. "Meet the Cast of "Love, Victor" and Their Characters". seventeen. Retrieved June 18, 2020.